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A̺BͩS̾TͤR͂A᷂C̴T̶ ṢP᷉E̋ĚD͏͌ AͮN͡D̋ S̞O̵U᷃N̹D̗

abstract speed & sound since 2015

05/03/2019
Water Damaged Valentines, by Sarah Goldfeather

Goldfeather: Water Damaged Valentines (SLH019)
coming May 31, preorder today!

At once channelling the bare, emotional candor of Mitski and the divergent structural and stylistic craftwork of Sufjan Stevens and Of Montreal, Sarah Goldfeather departs from its roots as an acoustic bluegrass quintet to embrace an amplified art-pop arsenal of synthesizers, vocal processing, and vivid production as a rock trio. The dazzling result is Water Damaged Valentines, a distillation of emotional outbursts, looping obsessive thoughts, and emotional rawness into tidal waves of fuzz, synths and soaring melodies. 8 tracks deliver jarring shifts, oblique textural motions, and agile lyrical delivery that vacillates wildly between muted passivity and overflowing desperation.

Don't miss the May 27th album release show at Baby's All Right: Goldfeather (album release) // Ted Hearne // Modern Diet

it’s a wrap on two music video shoots for #Goldfeather! stay tuned for an announcement abt the album release show in B...
04/01/2019

it’s a wrap on two music video shoots for #Goldfeather! stay tuned for an announcement abt the album release show in Brooklyn this May! @auplume @robbyintheworld @rokenri @miketierneymusic @ Park Avenue

@adampholmes tracks “Three Gongs” for his upcoming tape release of portable percussion + max devices with engineer @...
03/28/2019

@adampholmes tracks “Three Gongs” for his upcoming tape release of portable percussion + max devices with engineer @miketierneymusic at #shinythingsstudio. album coming in the fall!

slashsound/UPA split tapes for IVT's (adam cuthbért) BLOC album will be for sale at the Cantaloupe Music table at #come...
03/22/2019

slashsound/UPA split tapes for IVT's (adam cuthbért) BLOC album will be for sale at the Cantaloupe Music table at #cometogether2019 MoMA PS1 this weekend! stop by say hi on Saturday or Sunday and get a $5 tape while you dig the crates of Cantaloupe's vinyl and merch offerings~

02/12/2019
LIMITED EDITION 7" VINYL!, by Sarah Goldfeather

We are beyond stoked to welcome Goldfeather to the slashsound network! Their infectious new album, WATER DAMAGED VALENTINES, is coming this May!!

A bluegrass quintet turned avant-garde indie band, the trio, led by tirelessly-active composer/songwriter/violinist Sarah Goldfeather, has been described as "full of light and life" (MN Public Radio) and "distinctive...whimsical" (The Boot) with "striking intensity" (Elmore Magazine).

Grab Goldfeather's limited DIY vinyl two-tracker now, which features cuts from the upcoming album: https://sarahgoldfeather.bandcamp.com/

0 track album

01/27/2019

[email protected] hosts @ivt_cuthbear x @danrhode with RADIO WONDERLAND @lentabee @digifiddler

Big thank you to AnEarful blog for including Kuuma's "LEVEL" EP in its Best Electronic of 2018 roundup!Also from our cir...
01/11/2019
Best Of 2018: Electronic

Big thank you to AnEarful blog for including Kuuma's "LEVEL" EP in its Best Electronic of 2018 roundup!

Also from our circles are UPA releases BLOC and SPLINTERED (I-VT & Viberous respectively), and big ones of the year like Tim Hecker, Brian Eno, Laraaji.

The music I put in this category is not always primarily synthetic or computer-driven yet evinces a certain artistic stance that makes it...

🎚️ Welcome to 2019! 🎛️ 🎧We have a full docket of releases this year coming from both new and familiar faces...
01/09/2019

🎚️ Welcome to 2019! 🎛️ 🎧

We have a full docket of releases this year coming from both new and familiar faces across our community. We'll be sharing a preview of the year soon, but for now, enjoy our first release of 2019, a two-tracker from RETCON & IVT on our techno imprint, ELEMENTALSPEED.

The two tracks are remixes constructed entirely from samples of broken band and orchestra instruments from the Philadelphia public school system, which were recorded as part of a project by Bang on a Can's Found Sound Nation and David Lang to raise money for repairing the instruments.

This release comes with a free Ableton Live Pack by IVT featuring a drum rack and the "TuBa303" acid bass instrument made (from tuba samples) used in the production.
https://slashsound.bandcamp.com/album/elementalspeed004

@ivt_cuthbear’s early percussion bop #RUPTURE gets a new life, tracked by @adampholmes and engineered by @miketierneym...
12/20/2018

@ivt_cuthbear’s early percussion bop #RUPTURE gets a new life, tracked by @adampholmes and engineered by @miketierneymusic! timbre kit consists of a rare unfinished cymbal, heavy metal snare rings, drums made of bulletproof vest material, a very heavy pitched cymbal aka the thicccc boi, and shattery metal-on-metal floor slams.

this is also basically the first add for the slashsound1.2 mixtape coming in 2019!!

our bff label People places records talked to I Care if You Listen (.com) about the DIY ethos behind their very refreshi...
10/24/2018
I Care if You Listen (.com)

our bff label People places records talked to I Care if You Listen (.com) about the DIY ethos behind their very refreshing label which blends contempo-classical with screamo/punk and experimental noise.

tyvm for the love friends💜

and if you don't know PPR yet, give their new releases by This place is actually the worst, Shelley Washington, & Alex Tran a listen!!

Aaron Garcia and Andrew Noseworthy started independent record label People places records in 2017. “People Places Records was started as a way of building the music community around us that exists both in the ‘new music’ and in the ‘hardcore/electronic’ realms and still all operate with the same DIY ethos and intent,” says Garcia. Jason Charney asks them 5Q at I CARE IF YOU LISTEN!

10/01/2018
Adam Holmes (live @ slashbang)

for your D R O N I N G pleasure, enjoy this live video of percussionist-composer Adam Holmes sharing a new work for processed gongs from the last slashbang.

smash that subscribe button on our new youtube channel, new videos coming periodically~

from slashbang 8.25.18 slashsound.net

: : available digitally worldwide : :SLH018: Kuuma – LEVEL (2018) Bandcamp: https://bit.ly/2InqeYVSpotify: https://spo...
09/28/2018

: : available digitally worldwide : :

SLH018: Kuuma – LEVEL (2018)

Bandcamp: https://bit.ly/2InqeYV
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2OemHBR
Apple Music: https://apple.co/2N8qyvJ
YouTube: https://bit.ly/2zCBdLw

LEVEL is the origin story of Kuuma, a databorne algorithm who, while employed by a search engine cartel to crawl the internet for exploitable data sources, collected a Rare Thought which granted sentience and the ability to synthesize world simulations.

LEVEL‘s 28 minute program introduces new sonic palettes to the Kuuma project’s highly improvisational roots, collaging synthesizers, natural landscape recordings, and raw noise to the production ingredients while retaining digitized brass landscapes at its core.

today we're standing with Bandcamp's initiative for protecting voting rights in the U.S. by matching all our proceeds to...
09/28/2018
Today, Stand with Bandcamp to Protect Voting Rights for All

today we're standing with Bandcamp's initiative for protecting voting rights in the U.S. by matching all our proceeds today in donation to the #VotingRightsProject.

To participate as a fan, simply purchase music through Bandcamp and we’ll donate our share of the sale to the Voting Rights Project!

(it's a great chance to pick up the new kuuma release, LEVEL! https://kuuma.bandcamp.com/album/level)

In just seven weeks, the United States will hold its midterm elections—a vitally important moment that will determine whether the country stays on its current path, or renews its commitment to demo…

09/19/2018
LEVEL, by kuuma

LEVEL is the origin story of Kuuma, a databorne algorithm who, while employed by a search engine cartel to crawl the internet for exploitable data sources, collected a Rare Thought which granted sentience and the ability to synthesize world simulations.

LEVEL‘s 28 minute program introduces new sonic palettes to the Kuuma project’s highly improvisational roots, collaging synthesizers, natural landscape recordings, and raw noise to the production ingredients while retaining digitized brass landscapes at its core.

https://kuuma.bandcamp.com/album/level

7 track album

wonderful writeup on AnEarful about IVT’s BLOC over the weekend. tapes are now shipping from our bandcamp store!
09/17/2018

wonderful writeup on AnEarful about IVT’s BLOC over the weekend. tapes are now shipping from our bandcamp store!

09/13/2018
kuuma – LEVEL (preview)

thinking and dreaming and feeling and building a world within the noise
kuuma's fifth release on slashound, LEVEL, arrives 9.28
考えてるし夢見てるし感じてるし世界を作成してるし

08/31/2018

at the precipice where collective consciousness dissolves into pure data, #Kuuma mines for Rare Thoughts in the foundations of the simulation

LEVEL is the follow up to 2014’s album synthetic flora. adventures in the vibration starts september

08/31/2018
08/26/2018

SLASHBANG 8.25.18 (part 2): KuuMA, RETCON b2b IVT

08/25/2018

SLASHBANG 8.25.18 (part 1): Adam Holmes, Max Ardito, Mediaqueer

08/21/2018

me omw to #slashbang on saturday after rsvping

::8/25::Slashbang: Retcon \ IVT \ Mediaqueer \ kuuma \ Adam H \ Max A
08/17/2018

::8/25::
Slashbang: Retcon \ IVT \ Mediaqueer \ kuuma \ Adam H \ Max A

one of our slashbosses is ft'd in this New Sounds writeup from Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival Music Criticism fello...
07/26/2018
Dispatches From the Bang on a Can Summer Festival 2018: Part 1 | Soundcheck | New Sounds

one of our slashbosses is ft'd in this New Sounds writeup from Bang on a Can Summer Music Festival Music Criticism fellows' essay, "In Search Of Dan Rhode":

Rhode’s two works ["as our name brand society", "Zero System"] felt thematically linked. Both grapple with hard-hitting subject matter – our dependence on technology and our materialistic culture – and both are musically drawn from noise rock.

Folk songs, scat-singing, an unintended interview with a flutist, and the sound engineer's perspective: A roundup of July 23, via the Media Workshop at Bang on a Can Summer Festival. 

tonight at the #legion around the corner from @massmoca! #techno and #sonicart
07/25/2018

tonight at the #legion around the corner from @massmoca! #techno and #sonicart

so many epic w.premieres today at #mocabang, esp #ZEROSYSTEM, @danrhode’s groundbreaking piece for amplified chamber e...
07/24/2018

so many epic w.premieres today at #mocabang, esp #ZEROSYSTEM, @danrhode’s groundbreaking piece for amplified chamber ensemble as played by an insaaaane band led by bcl grandmaster @clusterhocket! super energized by the #massmoca energy as usual, techno is alive and flourishing in the acoustic paradigm!!! #whereeverythinglightup

HIPSTER SLUDGE from @ivt_cuthbear’s #BLOC (silently seething, the most #illbient-influenced track on the tape) is a fr...
07/10/2018

HIPSTER SLUDGE from @ivt_cuthbear’s #BLOC (silently seething, the most #illbient-influenced track on the tape) is a free download on textura.org this month! #freakatone #sludge #techno #downtempo #cassette #freedownload #textura #blog

I-VT's track ☢️HIPSTER SLUDGE☢️ is a free download on textura.org this month. go for the deepest #illbient/ #fre...
06/12/2018
textura

I-VT's track ☢️HIPSTER SLUDGE☢️ is a free download on textura.org this month. go for the deepest #illbient/ #freakatone track on BLOC:

"A decade into the so-called indie classical era, I would have expected this elastic community to harden, to codify laws...
06/12/2018
Cantaloupe Music

"A decade into the so-called indie classical era, I would have expected this elastic community to harden, to codify laws and stigmas, to develop irrational loathings and arbitrary stylistic borders. Instead, New York’s new music world just becomes ever more varied and excitingly disorienting."

Read Justin Davidson's utopian take on NYC's flourishing "New New Music" scene in Vulture today, with nods to our fearless leaders Gordon/Lang/Wolfe, the New Amsterdam and (le) poisson rouge machines, and the future of it all as it grows wider and more stylistically inclusive than ever.

"Audiences for symphony orchestras have traditionally expected perfect performances of precertified masterworks; greatness is the baseline. But audiences for new music have a more forgiving attitude: if tonight’s program disappoints, tomorrow’s may inspire. And so we avid listeners bounce around the city with ears cocked, eager to see what the next cohort will produce, constantly hoping for another dose of gorgeously disquieting sounds."

Acid Ted weighs in with smoggy imagery in its review for I-VT's BLOC on UPA Records:"a bunch of urban dystopian noise. I...
06/11/2018
And now for something a bit more awkward: BLOC | I-VT #ambient #illbient #electronic #noise

Acid Ted weighs in with smoggy imagery in its review for I-VT's BLOC on UPA Records:

"a bunch of urban dystopian noise. It’s the lead-footed reving of double decker buses, the whine of deliveroo scooters, the roar of street cleaning trucks. A love affair with harsh reflective soundscapes. An IDM techno fest of the scraping of your soul."

Sundays are for something more difficult. In a break with my recent techno ventures, here’s some unashamedly experimental arty electronic noise from I-VT (Involuntary Visual Texture). BLOC is…

Today is the last day of the GVSU NME Digital Bake Sale – sales on a bunch of slashsound albums directly support Grand...
05/18/2018

Today is the last day of the GVSU NME Digital Bake Sale – sales on a bunch of slashsound albums directly support Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble student musicians on their upcoming National Parks tour across the American Northwest.

if any of these releases are new to you, add them to your collection today while helping to make some memories this very worthy ensemble.

Since the release of our last record, Return, electronically-augmented composers collective slashsound has been inextricably tied to the GVSUNME. They've contributed six albums to our Digital Bake Sale, which contain work from dozens of artists on their label (a few pictured below). Their most recent mixtape, "slashsound 1.1" is a cross-section of the label's future-thinking sound environments and features several hacked/slashed recordings of current and past GVSUNME musicians.

Pick up all six while they're hot (and before 11:59pm *tomorrow*):
slashsound 1.1 - https://slashsound.bandcamp.com/album/slashsound11
Armored EP - https://retcon.bandcamp.com/album/armored-ep
synthetic flora - https://retcon.bandcamp.com/album/plus-minus
elemental/speed 1 (PLUS/MINUS) - https://kuuma.bandcamp.com/album/synthetic-flora-04
elemental/speed 2 (CONSTITUTENT) - https://i-vt.bandcamp.com/album/constituent
elemental/speed 3 (MOD/NEWDRONE) - https://slashsound.bandcamp.com/album/mod-newdrone

the ever-hustling Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble is back on the road for another year of their Nationa...
05/11/2018

the ever-hustling Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble is back on the road for another year of their National Parks Tour this summer, and while they are supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, these kids still gotta eat (and not sure if they’re hip to the Soylent).

for one week, we’re contributing sales revenue on our Bandcamp to the GVSUNME digital bake sale for select titles (below). join us in lending this world-class student ensemble a hand in their next epic tour!

slashsound1.1: http://slashsound.bandcamp.com/album/slashsound11

RETCON - armored EP:
http://retcon.bandcamp.com/album/armored-ep

kuuma - synthetic flora: http://kuuma.bandcamp.com/album/synthetic-flora-04

all three ELEMENTAL/SPEED EPs:
MOD/NEWDRONE: http://slashsound.bandcamp.com/album/mod-newdrone
CONSTITUENT: http://i-vt.bandcamp.com/album/constituent
PLUS/MINUS: http://retcon.bandcamp.com/album/plus-minus

Announcing the first ever GVSUNME digital bake sale. No, we won't mail you pumpkin pie.

Inquire within: https://www.facebook.com/events/343954536009042/

05/10/2018

#HEEROYUY APPROACHES

The sound of slashsound 2018 is found in 1.1. It is an inherent snapshot of the now.With the success of RETURN, we are b...
05/10/2018
[new mixtape] slashsound1.1 is here! immediate sounds for spring by our friends.

The sound of slashsound 2018 is found in 1.1. It is an inherent snapshot of the now.

With the success of RETURN, we are bringing what is immediate to our ear; all the projects happening in our creative lives; who we’ve been collaborating with in 2018. 1.1 contains the fierce melting chiptune of Phong Tran, paired with the chill lava lamp soundscapes of Daniel Rhode, between the digital soundprints of members of Echo Chamber, Mantra Percussion, and GVSUNME, under the sweltering gravity of skullcap5050.

Take a seat, look at your lawn or a lava lamp, pop a craft brew and listen to 1.1 as a manifesto for spring. not a manifesto of any grandiose worldview, just a collection of sounds we think are awesome.

slashsound1.1 is an invitation to hang with our crew, try some sounds and look forward. and if you like some of these sounds, let’s be friends

The sound of slashsound 2018 is found in 1.1. It is an inherent snapshot of the now. With the success of RETURN, we are bringing what is immediate to our ear; all the projects happening in our creative lives; who we’ve been collaborating with in 2018. 1.1 contains the fierce melting chiptune of Ph...

1” pins up on the store! ft our 1.1 logo by @dcnstrctdesign and comes with the full mixtape. find them on our @bandcam...
05/08/2018

1” pins up on the store! ft our 1.1 logo by @dcnstrctdesign and comes with the full mixtape. find them on our @bandcamp!

04/24/2018

slashsound1.1 is live worldwide on your streaming service of choice! enjoy it here while we make more videos

the #pulitzerprize for cat memes has no meaning anymore. it’s over.
04/23/2018

the #pulitzerprize for cat memes has no meaning anymore. it’s over.

04/23/2018
Death Grips – Stockton (Heero Yuy/I-VT Remix)

we're sharing videos every week for each of the 11 tracks on slashsound1.1, and the first up pairs this remix of Death Grips' "Stockton" with a battle for the soul of the internet: furious hot takes and cats memes, in a bath of noise.

this one's dedicated to the vigilant Twitter users who compiled the sludgiest gourmet hot takes in the national conversation after Kendrick Lamar's #PulitzerPrize win.

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hf9h6OMJQCg]

04/22/2018
Timeline Photos
04/22/2018

Timeline Photos

It’s April 20 and the new mixtape is finally here! [link in comments]slashsound1.1 is a joint production by label foun...
04/19/2018

It’s April 20 and the new mixtape is finally here! [link in comments]

slashsound1.1 is a joint production by label founders Daniel Rhodé & Adam Cuthbért, consisting of 11 tracks from a cross section of our roster and beyond, with a wavebending opener from Alex Tran, an asymmetric guitar+hardware tape piece by FLUK, a deep cut from the score of inmixedcompany/Maura Donohue’s dance work “zero...sixty” (with avant-trio NYPL), a Death Grips remix assembled with David Lang/So Percussion samples, with recording artists including members of Echo Chamber and Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, and thundergod Joe Tucker. this one’s been a while in the making and it feels great to finally drop it.

also get a load of our logo update, with raucous linework by Dcnstrct Design!

coming soon to the big-box streamers

slashsound's cover photo
04/19/2018

slashsound's cover photo

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04/19/2018

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airing across the US on local NPR affiliate stations is this hour program of the GVSUNME's performance at last year's Ne...
04/03/2018
Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble

airing across the US on local NPR affiliate stations is this hour program of the GVSUNME's performance at last year's New Music Gathering, with intros for each piece by director Bill Ryan. The program featured the world premiere of adam cuthbért's "location sharing" (later released on the RETURN album), as well as awesome tracks by Sarah Kirkland Snider, Molly Joyce, David Biedenbender, and more.

Stream here, or happen upon it on the radio!

Our performance at the 2017 New Music Gathering is being broadcast across the country this weekend on NPR stations everywhere. Not by a radio? Then listen to the full program below!

We perform commissions from Sarah Kirkland Snider, Adam Cuthbért, Molly Joyce, David Biedenbender, Alexandra Gardner, and Jad Abumrad.

Performed by Hannah Donnelly, Ryan Allen Schmidt, Darwin McMurray, Kevin Flynn, Jenna Mary Michael, Reese Rehkopf, and Makenzie Mattis, plus sound by John C. L. Jansen. Interviews from Darwin and Makenzie too.

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